At around 06:35 am, six people were confirmed dead following a fatal accident along the Mbale-Tirinyi road in Mailo Ttaano.
Six people were confirmed dead following a fatal accident at Mailo Ttaano, Mbale-Tirinyi road at around 06:35 am. The accident involved three motor vehicles Reg no- UAT 995A (Raum) and UBH 437K (Toyota Hiace) and UBJ 676W (Toyota Hiace).
The victims were Mulabi David, Namarome Fatima, Nambafu Kurusum, Kafero Isaka, and a yet to be identified male adult. Mulabi David was the Deputy Head Master of Kaliro High School.
According to one eyewitness, a speeding taxi heading to Kampala from the Mbale side was overtaking another taxi and in the process collided with an oncoming Raum car. In the end, all three vehicles got involved in the accident before falling into the River Namatala.
Some of the dead persons were being swept by the high-speed water but locals managed to retrieve their bodies.
According to ASP Nampiima Faridah, the spokesperson for Traffic and road safety, the territorial Police at Budaka reacted in time and recovered six bodies.
She said one person sustained serious injuries while two others not identified survived the accident.
“Today 04/05/2022 at around 0600hrs, a fatal accident at Mailo Tano, Mbale-tirinyi road occurred that claimed the lives of six people. The accident involved motor vehicles Reg no- UAT 995A (Raum) and UBH 437K (Toyota Hiace) and UBJ 676W (Toyota Hiace),” Nampiima wrote.
“The six people confirmed dead have been identified as; Mulabi David, Namarome Fatima, Nambafu kurusum, Kafero isaka, and a yet to be unidentified male adult. Nandigobe saida sustained serious injuries while two other not identified survived the accident.”
She further mentioned that the cause of the accident was attributed to overspeeding by the speeding taxi UBJ 676W. She disclosed that the drivers of both Toyota Hiace are on the run, and efforts are underway to have them arrested.
Nampiima however, cautioned all road users to be disciplined while on the road, indicating that most accidents are a result of human errors that are avoidable once everyone drives carefully and responsibly.